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Money Saving Tips for Your Next Corporate Retreat

by stanfordsierra

06 24, 2013 | Posted in Event planning, Meeting, Special Events | 0 comments

If you are planning a corporate retreat for fall and would like to keep costs down, we have a few suggestions: Where and when: For resort destinations including Lake Tahoe, pricing is better during our shoulder seasons, spring and fall, and midweek, particularly early in the week. At Stanford Sierra Conference Center our weekends and Wednesday to Thursday nights tend to book first, leaving Sunday through Tuesday nights available, so we're more likely to negotiate rates for these days. You can check our availability online. Activities: Skip the facilitated group activities and get meeting participants outside to relax and clear their minds. Guided hikes are part of our complete conference package and allow attendees to exercise and spend quality time together.

Hiking along Fallen Leaf Lake

Hiking along Fallen Leaf Lake

Non motorized boats are also included in our package. Guests can check out stand up paddle boards, kayaks, peddle boats and sailboats from our boat dock.
Sailing and paddling from the Stanford Sierra boat dock

Sailing and paddling from the Stanford Sierra boat dock

Food & Beverage: Also save money by using pitchers of water versus bottled water at coffee breaks. Located at 6,250', we recommend guests drink plenty of water to acclimate. Coffee breaks are included in our package and are normally held outside on the deck overlooking Fallen Leaf Lake.
Coffee break on the deck

Coffee break on the deck

You can also promote attendee hydration and your event by purchasing reusable water bottles as an event gift. We partner with Camelbak, so can provide logo-ed bottles with lead time.  
A reusable Camelbak water bottle is a good option for an attendee gift

A reusable Camelbak water bottle is a good option for an attendee gift

Entertainment: We have a couple signature events,  a sing-a-long on the beach with s'mores or  disco bingo! If you include disco bingo on your schedule, be sure to let attendees know to pack their grooviest outfit.
Stanford Sierra staff leading disco bingo

Stanford Sierra staff leading disco bingo

Call me at 530-542-5600 or email nancylh@stanford.edu for a full description of disco bingo and a custom quote for your next corporate retreat!  

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